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Lufthansa mothballs its entire Airbus 340 and 380 Fleet

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German flagship carrier Lufthansa announced that it will cut more jobs amid projections of a bleak future for the global airline industry in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis. The previously announced personnel surplus amounting to 22,000 full-time positions will increase as a result of the decisions taken in regards to the third package within the restructuring program. The change in...

UN will not support USA with sanctions on Iran

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The UN will not support a USA push to restore sanctions against Tehran without the approval of its Security Council, where an overwhelming majority of member states oppose Washington's efforts in spite of threats. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres wrote in a letter quoted by the AP that “there would appear to be uncertainty” regarding US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's Saturday...

CIA operatives on a Spy Mission targeting China never found again

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When the CIA sent a team of four operators on a spy mission targeting China, none of them returned, after Tropical Storm Higos blew in from the Pacific causing havoc in the South China Sea. At the time, Stephen Stanek, a covert CIA operative, faced a decision. It was time to either cancel the operation he was running or go...

USA Kingpin Pompeo visits Suriname and British Guyana

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While America’s allies in Latin America are losing credibility, the USA is also seeing a decline in its ability to influence, let alone dictate, some of the political and economic choices that governments are making there. With a combined population of around 1.5 million, Guyana and Suriname rarely garner enough attention from Washington to merit a mention during a briefing,...

Japan’s new Defense Minister is giving way to a collective First-Strike Capability

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Japan’s new prime minister, Yoshihide Suga, has selected Nobuo Kishi as his minister of defense. Kishi is former prime minister Shinzo Abe’s younger brother, adopted by the Kishi family to maintain the line of control. Abe’s grandfather, Nobusuke Kishi, had a long career as an infamous official in Imperial Japan’s colony of Manchukuo (Manchuria). Nobusuke Kishi was a accused but never...

Iran dismisses plot about killing the U.S. diplomat in South Africa

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Iran denied any plot to assassinate the U.S. ambassador in South Africa as an act of retaliation to the killing of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' top general, Qassem Soleimani earlier this year. Soleimani, former commander of the Quds Force, was killed in a U.S. drone strike approved by President Donald Trump on January 3, 2020, when he was on...

Toxic debt will end American Game of Monopoly

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The US budget deficit is set to hit $3.3 trillion when the fiscal year ends in September, while the national debt is projected to be equal to the size of the entire US economy in 2021. In the latest episode of Keiser Report, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert compare the situation to the game of Monopoly, and the moment a...

US Military sends more armored vehicles to Syria

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The US military has sent more armored vehicles on a mission to reinforce its troops in eastern Syria, less than a month after four US soldiers were injured during an altercation with Russian troops in the oil-rich area. The US military said fewer than 100 soldiers would accompany the vehicles. According to the Pentagon there are currently less than 1,000...

US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies from Cancer

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On Friday, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died of complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer, at the age of 87, at her home in Washington. Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death sets in motion a battle for the future of the Supreme Court, the rule of law and the concept of an independent judiciary. It will be a battle without a victor,...

Shell makes Iraq the largest Petrochemical Producer in the Middle East

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Iraq’s Ministry of Oil and Ministry of Industry and Minerals held a series of meetings over the past week to kick-start the multi-billion dollar Nebras petrochemical mega plant development project, originally agreed in principle with Royal Dutch Shell (Shell) in 2012. In broad terms, given its huge oil and gas reserves, Iraq could be a petrochemicals industry powerhouse and Nebras...

Lebanon on the brink between War and Peace

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Former Switzerland of the Middle East is increasingly isolated, bankrupt and exposed to another resumption of civil war. Squeezed between Israel and Iran, faced with rising emigration of its fractured communities, and wracked by a widening wealth gap between the corrupted elite and increasingly desperate poor, Lebanon is being ripped apart. Whether those stresses break into a new era of civil...

Singapore Prioritizes Local Hiring as Unemployent rises

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Record job losses are testing Singapore’s openness to global talent, magnifying local unease with foreign job seekers that was already apparent before Covid-19 drove the wealthy city-state into its deepest-ever recession. Under pressure to revive the economy and create jobs, policymakers are responding cautiously with new measures to shore up local hiring while leaving the door open to skilled foreign...

Japan’s new Cabinet looks like Old Wine in a New Bottle

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Japan’s diminutive new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, 71 is a dry, non charismatic technocrat whom is not a natural fit for leadership. As he picked a cabinet that will have to deal with a staggering, stagnating economy, he should have been slapping, thrusting and hurling unfit bodies out of the ring. That has not happened. Suga’s first shove should have been...

Pakistan Violence Targeting Shi’ite and other Religious Minorities

Killing in the name of God as sectarian violence is on the rise in Pakistan as authorities cosset and back hellbent Islamic Sunni radicals. Pakistan is reeling under a new surge of sectarian violence targeting Shiite and other religious minorities across the country, threatening new rounds of instability in the Muslim majority nation. The rising trend is being fueled by foreign...

Australia pushes New Bill to Detain Corona-virus “Conspiracy Theorists”

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The Victorian government in Australia are to debate a new bill in the State Parliament which would give authorities sweeping powers to forcibly detain “high risk” Corona-virus spreaders. Under proposed new bill, police could preemptively lock up those they believe “might” violate Covid-19 lock-down measures. People who refuse to self-isolate face being detained under a proposed new law in Victoria, Australia. Anyone...

The next Fracking Disaster awaiting to happen in Namibia?

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Two and a half decades ago, Nick Steinsberger invented what is now the modern-day frack in the Barnett shale. Now, the petroleum engineer extraordinaire is tasked with proving up untold billions of barrels of oil in Namibia’s Kavango Basin in what could very well be the world’s last-ever discovery of a massive onshore sedimentary basin. I read a fascinating article...

How Xinjiang topic is Holding Back an EU-China deal

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The West that killed millions of Muslims in the 'war on terror' during the so-called Arab Spring, is now shedding tears about the Uighurs' plight in China. At the moment, Muslim minorities from China to India and beyond are facing major discrimination, mass internment, and even extermination at the hands of their own governments. The global genocidal trend is rooted in...

Curacao Invaded, Annexed and Occupied by cheap Foreign Labor Forces

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Record job losses are testing Curacao's openness to foreign talent, magnifying local unease with foreign job seekers that was already apparent before Covid-19 drove the wealthy island into its deepest-ever recession. Under pressure to revive the economy and create jobs, policymakers are responding cautiously with new measures to shore up local hiring while leaving the door open to skilled foreign...

Hans de Boer vertrokken bij VNO-NCW en maakt plaats voor een Klimaatvrouw

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Heel lang leek het erop dat Hans de Boer (65) als voorzitter van VNO-NCW vooral een man van woorden zou zijn. In de laatste periode van zijn zesjarige termijn wist hij toch nog geschiedenis te schrijven met zogezegde daden. De werkgeversorganisatie sloot een akkoord over pensioenen, AOW en eerder stoppen met werken door mensen met zware beroepen, wat daarmee de...

Britain bans China from 5G network

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The United Kingdom has banned Huawei from its 5G network, reversing an earlier decision to allow the Chinese company to work on the critical telecoms infrastructure. The UK’s digital and culture secretary Oliver Dowden on Tuesday announced an “irreversible path for the complete removal of Huawei equipment from our 5G networks” and said the Chinese company’s role in historic networks...

Gold stokes Tribal Tension in Philippines

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As gold shines through the Corona-virus pandemic, touching new highs as a precious metal hedge to the dollar, the stakes for Southeast Asia’s largest undeveloped copper and gold minefield have never been higher. Nestled 1,300 meters above sea level, huge gold and copper deposits lie untapped in the mountains surrounding the sleepy Philippine town of Tampakan on the southern island...

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